[StBernard] American Heart Association Cancels New Orleans Convention

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Wed Apr 29 23:05:40 EDT 2009

American Heart Association Cancels New Orleans Convention

April 28, 2009

The American Heart Association, one of the largest associations to hold its
annual meeting in New Orleans, has decided to cancel its next meeting in the
Crescent City, local newspaper The Times-Picayune reported last week.

According to the paper, the American Heart Association hosted its most
recent meeting in New Orleans, attracting 26,000 visitors to the Big Easy
and generating $50 million in economic impact. Although the association was
originally supposed to return to New Orleans in 2012 with its Scientific
Sessions conference, it has "decided to expand the rotation of current
cities to include a broader variety of venues" for attendees, wrote Vice
President of Meetings Leigh Ann Stockard in a letter to New Orleans
Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau President Stephen Perry.

"We were very disappointed," Perry told The Times-Picayune. "American Heart
is very important because it has been one of our oldest customers and it is
one of the major meetings in the country."

Although it's moving its 2012 Scientific Sessions conference to another
destination, the American Heart Association said it still plans to hold its
2012 International Stroke Conference and its 2016 Scientific Sessions
conference in New Orleans.

"New Orleans has been and continues to be an important destination for the
American Heart Association," Stockard continued, "and we look forward to our
International Stroke Conference coming to the city in 2012 and our
Scientific Sessions in November 2016."

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